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    Mon, 12 Jun 2017
    ArticleRecovering from Conversion Therapy One Bible...

    When I first came out gay in 1999, many gay Christians and queer scholars were asking, “Who is gay/lesbian in the Bible?” Some pointed to Jonathan and David. Others to Ruth and Naomi. There were rumors of a gay Roman Centurion. I understood why people were on a quest to find gay Bible characters. Read more. more...

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    Mon, 12 Jun 2017
    ArticlePink-washing, Pride Parades and Imperialism

    One of the many ways white supremacy and global US hegemony operates is through the institutionalization of a consistent narrative that purports America and “the allies” as civilizational predecessors and role models to “the others.” When a lie is told consistently over and over again, it becomes truth, or at... more...

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    Mon, 12 Jun 2017
    ArticleWanderlust

    The contract that I signed when I joined the Army reflected that I would serve no more than the four years that I signed up for. I put in a little overtime during that stretch (in those days you had to treat the military contract like a + 1 wedding invite; the + 1 in my case reflects the extra year of overseas duty after I got... more...

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    Mon, 12 Jun 2017
    ArticlePeace Is Complicated

    The philosopher Confucius was onto something when he stated, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” This quote applies to many areas of life, but these days it makes me think specifically about conflict resolution, particularly on a national and global level. It seems that the higher the stakes are,... more...

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    Mon, 5 Jun 2017
    ArticleAging in the Time of Endless War

    When I visited the Brooks Range north of the Arctic Circle many summers ago, I was hit with a curtain of ice that cut down much of my hiking. I was short on food at this point: oatmeal, cliff bars, and a block of emergency rations meant for shipwrecked souls. Perhaps I was shipwrecked, philosophically speaking, but I managed to take in... more...

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    Mon, 29 May 2017
    ArticleHow to Communicate Through Deployment: Tips...

    Long-distance relationships are hard under any circumstances. Add in stress of danger, work, separation of home life, and more (you know, the other stuff that comes from being deployed, not just on a work trip), and it's a scenario that's downright painful. Yet there are plenty of spouses who live this reality every single day.... more...

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    Mon, 29 May 2017
    ArticleWriting As A Veteran

    There is much talk about the veteran civilian divide. Indeed, there is plenty separating those from Sparta and those from Babylon—to butcher a pair of historical metaphors—but as a writer, I know there’s plenty they have in common, and one thing in particular: their reaction to writers, negative, as it were. And more... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 22 May 2017
    ArticlePalestinian Prisoners: Hunger Strike Solidarity

    On April 27th, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, nearly 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners declared a hunger strike in Israeli prisons, demanding fair treatment and humane living conditions. Hunger strikes are often the most peaceful form of resistance available. Pain is inflicted solely on those who willingly participate and on their... more...

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    Mon, 22 May 2017
    ArticleSetting Black Mothers Free

    As a teenager, I went to youth Bible study on Wednesdays, choir rehearsal on Fridays, and volunteered with the Children’s Ministry on Saturdays. My week, and my network of friends, revolved around social activities in church. We traveled from place to place because safe and loving adults cared to drive us from place to place. I... more...

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    Mon, 22 May 2017
    ArticleRaising Military Children Part 2: Exposure

    The military life is not an easy one, adding parenthood to the mix complicates it even more. As parents we have a huge responsibility to raise our children to be the leaders of this world and in my opinion, it is our responsibility to expose them to the world, to teach them to think outside the box and to appreciate the little things in... more...

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